END OF THE PRESEASON
The Warriors ended the preseason last night with an overtime loss to Seattle. The Sonics defeated the Warriors 111-107 in overtime in Spokane, Washington, in a contest where Don Nelson rested the teams’ big guns and played the youngsters. For more on this game, click here…..
Thanks for all the e-mails! Keep the coming and more answers on Monday!
October 24, 2006
GAME NIGHT – PRESEASON HOME GAME #2
Tonight is the final home preseason game as the Warriors host the Portland Trail Blazers. I’ll be broadcasting the final two preseason games on KNBR 680 as well. Tune in tonight and on Thursday night when the Warriors head to Spokane to meet the Seattle SuperSonics.
I'm a big fan of Monta Ellis. I think he's playing really well as of late. The other night he had 15 points but most of all, an astounding 10 assists with only four turnovers. Are his efforts going unnoticed by the media or the coaching staff? Also, do you have any insight on whether he'll receive significant playing time during the regular season?
Thanks for your help.
Monta will be a part of this team because he has the abilities to be a very good guard. His skills can be raw at times, but he is talented and is very, very quick. I think everyone expects him to play a lot and contribute a lot. He has been banged up recently, but should be fine and ready to roll November 1st.
Keep the e-mails coming and come back for more tomorrow after tonight’s game!
THE ROAD TRIP CONTINUES
The Warriors defeated the Hornets yesterday in the LA Shootout taking their preseason record to a perfect 4-0. The win was all the more impressive considering that Baron Davis, Troy Murphy and Jason Richardson did not play. For a complete recap of yesterday’s game, click here.
Today, the Warriors will play the Los Angeles Clippers in an afternoon game at the STAPLES Center and will try to keep their streak of scoring 110-plus points going. In their four preseason games, Golden State leads the NBA in scoring at 119 per game.
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ON THE ROAD
The Warriors win in Portland was interesting on a couple of different levels. We saw what Golden State can do to an unprepared opponent (a 24-5 start) and what the team can do when it faces adversity (a win in overtime). For more on that game and a look at the box score, click here.
Our next radio broadcast is next Tuesday when the Warriors will host Portland. We will also broadcast the game in Spokane against the Seattle SuperSonics and another edition of the Warriors weekly Roundtable on Friday night the 27th.
Check back tomorrow for a review of the game versus the Hornets and more of your e-mails.
PRESEASON GAME 1
The Warriors had little trouble last night with Efes Pilsen, a professional club from Turkey, winning by a 54 point margin 120-66. The starters did not include Jason Richardson who has been sidelined by his knee and will not accompany the team to Mexico where they meet Denver on Saturday.
Quite frankly, it was hard to judge the individual Warriors performances against an opponent like that. However, Monta Ellis looked like he could get his shot whenever and wherever he wanted. I liked some moments from Dajuan Wagner, and on the break, Baron Davis looked like his old self, trying to set up teammates and being very creative.
In a previous question you said the Warriors only need to play well enough on defense to make the stops in necessary situations. Do you think the Warriors can make those necessary stops with Murphy and Dunleavy in the frontcourt?
Thanks for your time,
I am writing this during the Warriors Open Practice which was held last night at the Arena in Oakland and was well attended. Coach Don Nelson was “wired for sound” and spoke to the crowd during the first hour while the team was running through drills. He proved to be very entertaining and his own brand of commentary was a treat for the fans in attendance. He even mentioned that in one of the free throw shooting drills that Mike Dunleavy had made 100 of 100 free throws at a recent practice session. But those of you regular readers of the warriors.com daily journal already knew that!
There was a series of fast break drills and the emphasis on pushing the ball was quite clear. It was great to see the Warriors big men pushing the ball via the dribble before passing the ball ahead. In years gone by, it was quite common to see a Warriors big man rebound the ball and then wait for the guard to come back and get the ball.
The scrimmage was entertaining and had the usual high points and low points. Keith McLeod looked good running the white team, while Baron Davis did his usual stuff handing for the Blue team. Guard Monta Ellis re-aggravated his right thigh and is listed as day-to-day. The scrimmage was tight and Baron Davis tied it with a late three only to be bested by Dijon Thompson who nailed a three to win it for white.
Davis then took the opportunity for some good natured fun at the expense of rookies Patrick O’Bryant and Anthony Roberson. They ended the open practice by playing Duck-Duck-Goose with some of the kids who were on hand. View warriors.com exclusive photos
I know that Bowling Green is a hot bed of Warriors enthusiasm complete with late night game parties. McLeod is having a good camp and they are happy with his ability to push the ball. With Nellie, going small ball, the need for quick athletic players is a must and I see him as an off the bench scoring point guard.
Thanks and keep the Warriors mojo going.
October 5, 2006
Yesterday after practice I had a chance to chat with Jason Richardson with his thoughts and how camp is progressing. Listen here
The Warriors will have an open practice on Monday at the Arena. It is scheduled for 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and in the past this has always been a great chance to see the team up-close and personal. We hope to see you there.
Keep sending questions! More on Monday
October 4, 2006
As you have seen in some of the warriors.com journal reports, there has been great attention to detail especially on the offensive sets. Every aspect of each individual play is scrutinized and explained. Head Coach Don Nelson has said many times throughout the course of practices, “Every created shot has to be taken” and is being drilled into the players psyche. Just as he promised entering the season, free throws will be a huge part of their practice repertoire with the players working on free throw shooting following each session.
Coach Don Nelson has also named Baron Davis, Jason Richardson and Mike Dunleavy his tri-captains. I thought that was very interesting and it shows the confidence that Nelson has in his star players as well as Dunleavy who is coming off a down season. It gives Mike the backing of his coach as well as the expectation level which is a healthy thing.
In today’s newspapers and yesterday’s warriors.com journal, Mickeal Pietrus was singled out for praise. Pietrus says he is reenergized with Nelsons’ arrival and the coach feels that Pietrus has been doing exactly what he wants. A healthy Pietrus, playing well, would give the Warriors a defensive stopper and would certainly make the team more athletic. Patrick O’Bryant hit the floor for the first time and Athletic Trainer Tom Abdenour says he will be working in non-contact drills for the time being.
Keep sending in your questions. I’ll be back with some more answers for you on Friday.
October 2, 2006
Camp officially gets under way following Media Day so keep checking here daily for updates and answers to some of your questions.
What role does coach Don Nelson envision for the Warriors' first round draft choice, Patrick O'Bryant?
I’ll have more questions and answers tomorrow.